From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–This zany picture book follows a boy who attends a concert next to the zoo. Bored with the performance, he begins dozing off when suddenly the animals take over the stage. “The lions and the elephants,/the bears and the raccoons/will steal away the trumpets,/the flutes and bassoons,/replace the musicians, and chase them away/Then they’ll sit in the band shell/and play.” The humorous verse is full of zoo creatures and instruments that children will likely want to learn more about. The digital artwork matches the tone and text perfectly. Children will be giggling at both the song and the illustrations, such as the one of a hippo playing a tuba. This would be a great storytime book, and it even includes a CD of Lithgow singing the tune with an orchestra.–Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Actor, musician, and author Lithgow (I Got Two Dogs, 2008) offers here another humorous children’s song in picture-book form. A boy reluctantly accompanies his family to an open-air concert held in a bandstand next to the zoo. Bored with the music, the boy drifts off to sleep, where he dreams the animals escape their cages and take over for the musicians. He is confused that the audience doesn’t react to these strange events, but he finally settles in to enjoy the concert, only to be awakened by his sister telling him it’s time to go home. Hernandez’s vibrantly hued digital artwork captures the zaniness of the text; she portrays tutu-clad hippos tooting tubas along with trumpeting lions and raccoon flautists. The illustrations also serve as a low-key introduction to orchestra instruments, and young listeners will enjoy identifying the animals with their musical devices. A CD of Lithgow performing this song (unavailable for review) is included, making this a particularly good story hour choice, especially for Lithgow’s many fans. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lithgow’s sideline as a kids’ book author is no lark. His past bestsellerdom indicates that this book will be on plenty of radars. Preschool-Grade 2. –Kay Weisman